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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Landlords biting their fingernails as luxury flats stay vacant

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 11:52am by Peggy Sito

    ... There was little hiring, and companies started cutting housing budgets for expatriates and often hiring them on local terms. As a result, demand for large flats of 2,000 square feet or more, with asking ... on The Peak. Senior expatriate managemers now express a preference for the Southside or even Sai Kung. Some expats in middle management have moved from Hong Kong Island to West Kowloon, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1429507/landlords-biting-their-fingernails-luxury-flats-stay-vacant
  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - HONG KONG

    Expatriates seek cheaper and bigger flats in Hong Kong's Tseung Kwan O

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 05:24am by Sandy Li

    ... town A year ago an Australian expatriate worker in Hong Kong called Peter moved to Lohas Park in Tseung Kwan O, attracted by a bigger living space at an affordable rental. "Before I moved ... sales director at Centaline's Tseung Kwan O branch, said she had noticed a growing number of expatriates from Britain and Switzerland, as well as some overseas Chinese, renting homes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1435050/expatriates-seek-cheaper-and-bigger-flats-hong-kongs-tseung
  3. News - Hong Kong - PROPERTY

    New 15 per cent stamp duty may hit expatriate homebuyers

    Posted Oct 28th 2012, 12:00am by Johnny Tam, Tony Cheung

    ... Johnny Tam and Tony Cheung Stamp duty aimed at speculators could deter not-yet-permanent residents from buying New levy will block expatriates It may be targeted at property speculators, but a new stamp duty would derail the home-purchase plans of expatriates who are not yet permanent residents. That was the debate raging online a day after new cooling measures on the property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1071453/new-15-cent-stamp-duty-may-hit-expatriate-homebuyers
  4. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Japan's property market is making a comeback

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:52am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... says. Apartments that don't have the luxury and prestige but are still in the areas that expatriates prefer would have cost around 1 million yen per square metre a year or two ago. However, ... with expatriates- Honmoku, Minato Mirai and Yamate. The market for all three has been very active this year, to the extent that supply is struggling to keep up with demand from companies bringing in more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1593921/japans-property-market-making-comeback
  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - INVESTMENT

    Self-storage business draws investor interest

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 11:42am by Peggy Sito

    ... attractive as demand grows amid tight living spaces and improved security and infrastructure. "In the beginning, most of our clients were expatriates who stayed in Hong Kong for the short term ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1588506/self-storage-business-draws-investor-interest
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Buffalo and the fight over prime rural land in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 06:09am by Bloomberg

    ... A 49-year-old British expatriate was arrested after cow blood and hair were found on her car. She was convicted in May. The cows and buffalo represent collateral damage in a battle over the future ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1590388/buffalo-and-fight-over-prime-rural-land-hong-kong
  7. Property - Experts Q&A

    Q & A with our experts, April 17, 2013

    Posted Apr 17th 2013, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Q: I'm an expatriate from Europe. I plan to buy a flat in the Hong Kong Parkview estate for my own use. It will cost about HK$19 million. How much stamp duty do I need to pay and are there any other new rules I should be aware of? A: You will have to pay a stamp duty of 7.5 per cent. You also will have to pay buyer's stamp duty on top of the regular stamp duty, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/experts-qa/article/1216141/q-our-experts-april-17-2013
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - RENTING

    Expat tenants forced to move to cheaper areas to escape rising rents

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 04:29am by Yvonne Liu

    ... force expats to move Rising rents and reduced living allowances are driving expatriate workers out of their preferred neighbourhoods as their leases come up for renewal, estate agents say. John, an expatriate from Britain, has rented an apartment in Wan Chai for nearly a year. It is close to his office and offers all the convenience of city living. However, he is now reluctantly searching ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1426069/expat-tenants-forced-move-cheaper-areas-escape-rising-rents
  9. Property - International - REGULATION

    Curbs on funds transfer could hurt Chinese investment in overseas property

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 11:48am by Peggy Sito

    ... been suspended, there are countless other structures which facilitate the expatriation of Chinese funds globally," said O'Neill, who owns a company that specialises in international ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1556120/curbs-funds-transfer-could-hurt-chinese-investment-abroad
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - Tax

    Expats dazed and confused by stamp duty

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by Kate Whitehead

    ... Kate Whitehead property.post@scmp.com Expatriates struggling to understand the new taxes realise the only certainty is that it will now cost them a lot more to buy a flat Dazed and confused by stamp duty New stamp duties rolled out over the last few months to try and cool the property market have been a big blow for expatriates in Hong Kong - and a matter of some confusion. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1194722/expats-dazed-and-confused-stamp-duty

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